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Historical marker planned in Clemson to commemorate Littlejohn’s Grill site

By Greg Oliver
Courtesy The Journal
goliver@upstatetoday.com

CLEMSON — From just after World War II to the late 1960s, Littlejohn’s Grill, operated by Horace and Gertrude Littlejohn, was a place where mostly African American residents of Clemson could gather to enjoy food along with entertainment from some future showbiz legends.

During that span of more than 20 years, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown and Moms Mabley were just some of the entertainers to appear at what Clemson resident Vince Jackson called one of the most successful nightclubs from Charlotte, N.C., to Atlanta.

Today, the site where the grill once stood is home to Littlejohn Community Center. But Clemson City Council, acting upon a request from Jackson and

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Bahá’ís commemorate 100th anniversary of the Ascension

EASLEY — In honor of the 100th anniversary of the passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, who departed on Nov. 27, 1921, the Baha’is of Easley and Pickens County presented a framed artwork of the “Golden Rule” and a “oneness of humanity” multi-color pinned ribbon to Easley Mayor Butch Womack and the city council cembers during their monthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 8.

Thee gifts are a symbol of the oneness of humanity, representing the universal message taught by all religions of the world, that we should show forth kindliness, compassion and respect toward one another, as we ourselves wish to be treated.

Before his death in 1892, Bahá’u’lláh designated his son, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, to become the interpreter of his teachings and leader of the faith. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s

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Member of the Month

The Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce’s November Member of the Month is Rivyve Bistro and Boutique, located at 111 W. Main St. in Pickens and open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. The business offers breakfast, lunch, fresh squeezed juices, smoothies and more, and visitors are invited to ask about Rivyve’s seasonal coffees and shop local for home decor, clothing and gift items. Pictured are chamber board member Anna Chastain and chamber president Bryan Owens preesenting the Member of the Month banner to Rivyve’s Emily Bonner, Elle Daniels, owner Brandie Bray, Jo-Beth Bray and Trinity Moorehead.

Community Calendar

• Story Time Plus programs planned

Each month, Boxwood Manor, located in Pendleton, and Collins Ole Towne, located in Central, are sites for Story Time Plus programs and Homeschool Days. Story Time Plus runs 10-11:30 a.m. and is designed for ages 8 and under. Admission is $3 for each child age 5 or older, with a $10 household maximum.
Homeschool Day runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and is designed for ages 6 through 14. Admission is $5 for ages 6 and over, with a $15 household maximum.

Homeschool Day schedule
Dec. 15 or 16 (Science and Technology)
Collins Ole Towne (Central) — Nov. 28 (Native Americans), Dec. 22 or 23 (Westward Expansion).

Story Time Plus schedule
Boxwood Manor (Pendleton) — Dec. 9 (Colonial Christmas).

• Legion Post 52 plans events for holidays

American Legion Post 52 will present the Wreaths Across America program at Robinson Memorial Garden at 10 a.m. Dec. 18. Anyone wishing to lay a wreath at the ceremony or just support the program is asked to send a check of $15 for each wreath to American Legion Post 52, 118A Legion St., Easley, SC 29642.
American Legion Post 52 sells American flags and South Carolina flags, all made in the USA. Everyone is invited.

• Hee Haw Christmas set for Hagood Center

The Hagood Community Center, located at 129 Schoolhouse St. in Pickens, will present Hee Haw Christmas in the Hagood Community Center Auditorium on Dec. 4.
There will be two performances — one at 2 p.m. and another at 6 p.m. The local cast will present good old country music and comedy. Tickets are $5, in advance only, from Nov. 17-Dec. 1 at the Senior Center on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10-11 a.m. or call (864) 878-9999 from 2-6 p.m. on Monday through Friday.
A BBQ dinner will be served in the lunchroom from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Food tickets will be sold for $6, sold only in advance. No takeouts. All proceeds will benefit the center.

• Pumpkintown to host tree lighting

Pumpkintown will soon be getting into the Christmas spirit with the community’s first-ever Christmas tree lighting event. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the music of Josh Johnson with a cup of hot chocolate and some Christmas cookies.
The event will start at 5 p.m. at the intersection of S.C. Highway 8 and S.C. Highway 135 on Dec. 3. There will be lots of Christmas caroling and a bonfire.

Cars, toys and fun in Pickens

Hot rods were on display last Saturday in downtown Pickens for the second annual Country Santa Toy and Food Drive. More than 450 toys and $5,000 in donations were raised. A pickup truck full of food was split between two Upstate food pantries. There were still toy boxes that hadn’t been brought in as of Tuesday, so organizers believe this year’s event brought in at least 10 times last year’s total. Pickens Mayor Fletcher Perry was among the event’s attendees, and even old St. Nick himself showed up in a hot rod.

Cars, toys and fun in Pickens

Hot rods were on display last Saturday in downtown Pickens for the second annual Country Santa Toy and Food Drive. More than 450 toys and $5,000 in donations were raised. A pickup truck full of food was split between two Upstate food pantries. There were still toy boxes that hadn’t been brought in as of Tuesday, so organizers believe this year’s event brought in at least 10 times last year’s total. Pickens Mayor Fletcher Perry was among the event’s attendees, and even old St. Nick himself showed up in a hot rod.

Tigers run wild in big win over Wake

By Michael Crouchley
Courtesy The Journal
news@thepccourier.com

CLEMSON — The Clemson football team finally looked like itself on Saturday.

After being plagued by injuries and underwhelming performances all year, the Tigers (8-3, 6-2 ACC) put together their best game of the season when they needed it most, cruising to a 48-27 win over No. 13 Wake Forest (9-2, 6-1) at Memorial Stadium.

“It was just what we needed,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. “It was our best day in our last day at home. Hats off to these guys. You go from 2-2 with a lot of disappointment, a lot of noise, a lot of guys out — but the foundation of

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Rec center to be named for former director

PICKENS — The Pickens Recreation Center will soon bear the name of a woman who worked for the recreation department for more than 25 years.

During a special called meeting Monday night, Pickens City Council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution renaming the center the Cheri Terrapin Anthony Recreation Center.

Anthony retired as Pickens Recreation Department director earlier this year.

A 1983 graduate of Limestone College, Anthony began working at the Pickens Recreation Department in 1995 and became director in 1998.

In 2018, Anthony won the S.C. Athletic Programs Branch Professional of the Year award. In

Program volunteer count scaled back again this year

By Ron Barnett
Staff Reporter
rbarnett@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Because of COVID-19, the Country Santa program, like last year, has been scaled back to limit the number of volunteers this year.

While in years prior to 2020, they’ve been able to have as many as 35 people at a time in the Country Santa building, they will

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City names new administrator

EASLEY — Easley officials have announced the name of the man who will serve as the city’s new administrator.

During its Nov. 8 meeting, council unanimously passed a resolution appointing Shannon Baldwin as city administrator.

Baldwin is currently the

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